TP Mazembe’s Pamphile Mihayo delights in CAF Confed Cup glory

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Nov 27, 2017. 17:30

TP Mazembe coach Pamphile Mihayo Kazembe has become the first coach to retain the CAF Confederations Cup trophy after beating SuperSport United.

The Ravens edged the South African side 2-1 on aggregate to win the two-leg final after a 0-0 draw at Lucas Moripe Stadium this past Saturday.

As skipper, Mihayo also led Mazembe in 2010 as they became the first side to reach FIFA Club World Cup as they lost to Italian giants Inter Milan.

“This result and to win this trophy is very special for me because I have been with TP Mazembe since 1998,” Kazembe said.

“I grew up here. I won every cup with the team as captain. I won many cups also as an assistant coach.

“This is not my first cup as head coach because we also won the league.

“But this is the biggest cup in my coaching career.

“I would like to thank the players for the way they accepted me and worked with me. (On Saturday) we have a cup because of that relationship. I made the most of the chance I got.”

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TP Mazembe out to claim second successive Confed Cup title

Thuso Phala of Supersport United challenges Jean Kasusula of TP Mazembe during 2017 CAF Confederations Cup Final Supersport United training at TP Mazembe Stadium in Stade Kamalondo DRC on 19 November 2017 © Aubrey Kgakatsi /BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Nov 22, 2017. 18:00

TP Mazembe will look to claim a second successive CAF Confederation Cup title when they face hosts SuperSport United for the return leg of the final.
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TP Mazembe coach planning for second leg of Confed Cup final in South Africa

Rainford Kalaba of TP Mazembe challenged by Clayton Daniels of Supersport United during the Caf Confederation Cup match between Supersport United and TP Mazembe at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria on 20 June 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Nov 20, 2017. 17:00

Despite conceding against SuperSport United, TP Mazembe coach Phampile Mihayo says they will have a good plan for their return leg this weekend.

The Ravens beat the South African side 2-1 in the first leg of the CAF Confederation Cup final at home on Sunday afternoon.

Mihayo’s troops netted through Adama Traore and Daniel Adjei, but they conceded in the second half when Sipho Mbule dribbled past his marker to unleash a powerful strike that caught the keeper napping.

However, Mihayo, who was also a former captain of the side, said they will need to have an even better and stronger game plan in the return leg.

“We wanted to play well and win the game because we are home and needed to be offensive,” said Mihayo to CAF.

“Going to Pretoria will be difficult and they will pressurise us from the onset but we will have a plan that will give us the desired result.

“They are a very good side which isn’t easily broken down but we will have a good game plan.”

The return leg is set to be staged at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday, November 25 at 20:15 (CAT).

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TP Mazembe’s Moise Katumbi calls for a full house against SuperSport in Confed Cup final

TP Mazembe players celebrate after wining the Confederation of Africa Cup final against Mouloudia Olympique Bejaia of Algeria

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Nov 17, 2017. 17:00

Ahead of the highly anticipated CAF Confederation Cup final clash against SuperSport United, TP Mazembe boss Moise Katumbi Moise has urged fans to fill up the stadium on Sunday.

The Ravens chairman visited youngster Christ Kisangala who is nursing a knee injury in Belgium and urged the club’s faithful to support the reigning CAF Confed champions.

Mazembe will want to retain their trophy and ensure they use their home advantage in the first leg at Lubumbashi as Katumbi is calling for a general mobilisation.

Katumbi reckons that his troops deserve a full stadium for the final and has stressed the importance of a win at home.

“I know that TPM supporters are always able to mobilise to take their team to success,” said the boss to the club website.

“It is with the support of a large audience that our players will pull a lot of strength from the stands to defeat SuperSport.

“The players expect everyone to show a sacred union around the team to win..”

Meanwhile, Katumbi has urged the club’s die hard supporters to come out in numbers in both finals, including attending the final training session.

On the other hand, manager Kazembe Mihayo will hope to have his experienced Malian centre back, Salif Coulibaly, who is working to regain full fitness.

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SuperSport’s Aubrey Modiba: It’s great to be in the Confed Cup final – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup

Aubrey Modiba of Supersport United challenged by Dave Daka of Zesco United during 2017 Caf Confederations Cup game between Supersport United and Zesco United at Lucas Moripe Stadium on 14 September [email protected] Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Saturday Oct 28, 2017. 11:00

SuperSport United midfielder Aubrey Modiba has explained that the South African side is delighted to have reached their first CAF Confederation Cup final.

United have shown incredible form in cup competitions in recent times. Last season they were runners-up in the Telkom Knockout before going on to win a second successive Nedbank Cup title.

Earlier this month they defeated Cape Town City in the final of the MTN8, and last weekend they claimed a 3-1 away win over Club Africain to seal a place in the Confed Cup final.

Matsatsantsa will face defending champions and DR Congo heavyweights TP Mazembe over two legs in November.

“It feels great to be in another final. This is my fourth final since I joined SuperSport last season. This is why I joined the team. I hope we win so that we win more trophies for the club. It’s good to be part of history with the team and it’s also good for my CV,” he told Kick-Off.

“I have not missed a game in the Confed Cup. I am only one who has played every game and I am happy. It shows that there is something I am doing right. I just have to keep performing consistently.

“Credit to the coaches for giving me the opportunity. My family has also been supporting me. It’s not only about me, but about the team as well.”

United and TPM have met twice in the continental competition already this year, drawing both of their clashes in the group phase. Modiba notably netted in a 2-2 draw in DRC in June.

“We know about them. It’s not like we don’t know what to expect. They are a good side and it will be tough. It will be a different ball game because it’s a final. Everyone will want to perform,” Modiba added.

“I was happy to score against Mazembe. It’s a big team on the continent. Not everyone gets to score in Lubumbashi.”

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SuperSport coach: We deserve our place in Confed Cup final – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup

Supersport United FC coach Eric Tinkler during the semi-final return 2017 CAF Confederations Cup game between Club Africain and Supersport United FC in Tunis, Tunisia on 22 October 2017 © BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Monday Oct 23, 2017. 14:30

SuperSport United coach Eric Tinkler says his side fully deserve their place in the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup final.

The South African side claimed a superb 3-1 away win over Tunisia’s Club Africain on Sunday night, completing a 4-2 aggregate triumph.

United will now face defending Confed Cup champions TP Mazembe in the final over two legs in November, as they chase their first piece of continental silverware.

“I think the first 30 minutes of the first half, I thought we were very good. I thought we showed great composure on the ball. The decision making was very, very good,” said Tinkler, as quoted by Kick-Off.

“We knew they would come and play a 4-3-3 formation, we just weren’t too sure whether they would play with three defensive midfielders or two defensive and one attacking in [Oussama] Daragi, whether he would start or not.

“I think the fact they played with defensive midfielders actually played to our advantage. That meant they would be sitting back and looking to only really hurt us on the counter, and I thought we dealt with them very well in the first 30 minutes.

“We created chances, we got the lead and immediately after scoring we changed the way we played. I think the players to a degree started to panic a little bit.

“We started just knocking long balls and that was playing straight into their hands. I felt the last 15 minutes of the first half they started coming at us and creating opportunities, and we had to rectify that obviously at half-time.

“I thought the response from the players in the second half was exceptional. We started showing the same intensity and composure. We got the lead with the second goal.

“It was disappointing how we conceded the penalty. We got caught on the counter which we always knew would be the only real weapon they would have against us.

“We landed up changing the formation going with three at the back, playing with a 3-5-2 and were now looking to break on the counter against them. We ended up getting the third and possibly could have got more.

“So I’m extremely proud of the performance of the team. It’s been a long run to get where we are and we thoroughly deserve to be in that final.”

Tinkler also guided Orlando Pirates to the final of the Confed Cup in 2015, where they were beaten 2-1 on aggregate by Etoile du Sahel.

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SuperSport players react to historic CAF Confed Cup win – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup

Supersport United FC players celebrate after scoring against Club Africain during the semi-final return 2017 CAF Confederations Cup game between Club Africain and Supersport United FC in Tunis, Tunisia on 22 October 2017 © BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Oct 23, 2017. 12:00

SuperSport United reached the CAF Confederation Cup final for the first time in the club’s history on Sunday.

This was the South African side defeated Tunisian giants Club Africain 3-1 in the semi-final second-leg match at the Stade Olympique de Radès in Radès.

Bradley Grobler (brace) and Jeremy Brockie netted for Matsatsantsa, while Saber Khalifa netted Africain’s consolation goal. As a result, SuperSport won the tie 4-2 on aggregate.

SuperSport are now set to take on Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) giants TP Mazembe in the two-legged final next month.

This is how Matsatsantsa reacted on Twitter:

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Eric Tinkler is ready for a big Confed Cup fight against Africain in Tunis – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup

Head coach Eric Tinkler of Supersport United 2017 Caf Confederations Cup game between Supersport United and Zesco United at Lucas Moripe Stadium on 14 September [email protected] Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sunday Oct 22, 2017. 10:00

Ahead of the CAF Confederation Cup semifinal clash against Club Africain, SuperSport United coach Eric Tinkler says they are ready for a big fight.

United are fresh from lifting the MTN8 Cup in the South African domestic season last weekend and Tinkler is hoping to continue with his fairy tale.


Although the South Africans travel to Tunisia slightly on the back foot after allowing the Tunisians to get an away goal in a 1-1 draw played at home last month, Tinkler banks on his players to succeed.

“I have told my players that we need to become addicted to winning like it’s some drug,” said Tinkler to CAF website

“We have to want it all the time and we need to have that mentality.

“We are bracing ourselves for a big fight but I believe in my players’ abilities and they have shown that they can thrive when put under pressure.

“Such competitions are where you judge yourself against the best and we need to step up.

“This is a trophy that I want to win as a coach and I almost did it with (Orlando) Pirates.”

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Confed Cup champions Mazembe look to book final berth

Rainford Kalaba of TP Mazembe ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Scent ition

Tuesday Oct 17, 2017. 17:00

TP Mazembe will look to book a place in the final of the CAF Confederation Cup for a second successive year when they face FUS Rabat in Morocco on Saturday evening.

The teams’ second-leg, semifinal clash is set for the Stade de FUS in Rabat, kick-off at 22h30 CAT.

Mazembe, the reigning Confed Cup champions, lead 1-0 from the first leg in Lubumbashi earlier this month – Ben Malango’s 14th minute goal is all that separates the teams heading into the return match.

Ravens coach Mihayo Kazembe is adamant that his side will not defend their lead in Morocco, but look to add to their advantage.

“We will not go to Rabat to be dumped on, we will play thoroughly. FUS will offer us an open game where we will have more spaces. As far as we are concerned, we will push to score goals,” said the TPM coach after the first leg.

He added, “The victory must quickly be forgotten, there is a second leg where the qualification will be at stake. It is up to us to quickly get back to work with a focus on finishing exercises.”

Kazembe’s counterpart at FUS, coach Walid Regragui, knows that his team will need to produce something special in the return leg if they are to emerge victorious o aggregate.

“We will need a big FUS to create the feat in Rabat in front of a Congolese fire attack. The Congolese team can come and score at [our] home,” said Regragui after the first match in Lubumbashi.

“We must question ourselves. In the second leg, we must first score a goal at home, then we will see if we can score a second goal.”

He added, “One to nil is not a good score for us because we have to be very strong in the second leg. We must win 1-0 to expect the penalty shootout, not to concede and especially to score two goals to qualify.”

The match in Rabat will be handled by Zambian referee Janny Sikazwe. The aggregate winners will face either South Africa’s SuperSport United or Tunisia’s Club Africain in the final, which will be played over two legs in November.

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Club Africain secure vital away goal in Confed Cup

Oussama Darragi of Club Africain (c) challenged by Dean Furman (l) and Morgan Gould (r) during the 2017 CAF Confederations Cup semifinal football match between Supersport United and Club African at Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa on 01October 2017 @Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

Brian Lee

Sunday Oct 01, 2017. 17:29

Despite being dominated for large portions of the match, Tunsia’s Club Africain secured a vital away goal after drawing 1-1 with South Africa’s SuperSport United in the first leg of their CAF Confederations Cup semifinal match at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Sunday, October 1.

The South African side dominated the early exchanges as they controlled the possession stakes and consequently the flow of the game, but their finishing was poor.

In the 21st minute Club Africain took the lead, very much against the run of play, when Saber Khalifa converted from the penalty spot, 1-0.

Despite going behind SuperSport continued to play the better football, but went into the half time break trailing the Tunisian side by a goal.

The second half saw Eric Tinkler introduce Thabo Mnyamane and it proved to be an inspired choice as the side began to make the right choices in the final third.

In the 68th minute Thabo Mnyamane produced a pin-point cross for Jeremy Brockie, but the striker headed inches over from close range.

SuperSport threw men forward in the dying minutes of the match and were rewarded with a penalty two minutes from time which Thabo Mnyamane converted to secure a 1-1 draw on the day.

The second leg will take place in three weeks’ time with the winner on aggregate progressing to the final of the CAF Confederations Cup.

Should the match end in a draw the team with the most away goals will go on.

SuperSport United (0) 1 (Mnyamane 88’ pen)

Club Africain (1) 1 Khalifa 21’ pen)

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Thuso Phala banking on positive energy ahead of Confed Cup clash – 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup

Thuso Phala of Supersport United challenged by Issama Mpeko of TP Mazembe during the Caf Confederation Cup match between Supersport United and TP Mazembe at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria on 20 June 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Sep 29, 2017. 11:30

SuperSport United midfielder, Thuso Phala has emphasised the need to keep a clean sheet at home ahead of their CAF Confederation Cup semi-final clash.

Coach Eric Tinkler will lead his men against Tunisian giants Club Africain this Sunday as they want to register a win and keep a clean sheet at home.

Phala, who scored a brace against Zesco United in the previous stage encounter, says the semi-final stage will be more difficult.

“There is a great amount of positive energy in the camp and it has even rubbed off onto the technical staff,” said Phala to CAF website.

“We made a great comeback playing away and that is a major confidence booster for us as a team.

“We are coming up against the best four teams that remain in the competition so it will be even tougher.

“We need to ensure that we keep a clean sheet at home because that is very important in continental competitions.

“Not conceding is the ideal situation but going further and winning at home will be a major boost for us.”

The clash was initially set for Saturday afternoon, but has been moved to Sunday, October 1 at the Lucas Moripe Stadium at 15h

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SuperSport’s Eric Tinkler explains how he beat Zesco in Confed Cup – 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup

Head coach Eric Tinkler of Supersport United 2017 Caf Confederations Cup game between Supersport United and Zesco United at Lucas Moripe Stadium on 14 September [email protected] Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Sep 27, 2017. 14:30

SuperSport United coach Eric Tinkler has explained how he reached the CAF Confederation Cup semi-finals after overcoming Zesco United on the away goals last Saturday.

Following a 0-0 draw in the quarter-final first leg, Thuso Phala scored a brace to ensure they draw 2-2 against the Zambian side in the second leg.

John Ching’andu and David Owino scored for the hosts at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium last Saturday.

“We knew that we need to come here (Ndola) and not necessarily win but to get a scoring draw and we would go through, and that is precisely what we achieved,” Tinkler said.

“I explained to the players that we basically had 90 minutes in order to achieve that irrespective of whether we conceded or not but that shouldn’t change the fact that we are breaking the tie and that is exactly what we did.

“What we count as very important is what you do away from home rather than what you actually do at home.”

SuperSport will now face Tunisia’s Club Africain in the last four with the first leg of the semi-final set to be held on September 30 in Pretoria.

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Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid lose 5-0 and exit CAF Confed Cup

Merveille Bope celebrate scoring the first goal for TP Mazembe if Final of the Confederation Cup

Graeme Jackson

Sunday Sep 24, 2017. 17:52

Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid lost 5-0 to TP Mazembe and exited the CAF Confederation Cup tournament on Sunday at at Stade du TP Mazembe in Lubumbashi.

The second leg loss of the quarterfinal means the Sudanese side have ended their participation in the tournament.

On the other hand, the hosts netted through Jean Kasasula, Adama Traore, Malango Ngita, Elia Meshack and Djos Issama to dispatch their visitors.

The Ravens pushed for an early goal after dominating the proceedings and to stretch their lead from the opening leg.

Coach Kazembe Mihayo motivated his side to ensure they are clinical in front of goal at home and they managed to break the deadlock in the 39th minute.

Kasusula found the back of the net with six minutes to the interval and ensured it was 3-1 on aggregate after their 2-1 win in the opening leg away.

The Ravens bounced back from the tunnel with more urgency as they doubled their lead in the 49th minute when Traore found the back of the net to ensure they remained in control of the encounter.

In the 55th minute Ngita ensured they would cruise to the semifinals when he pounced and made it 3-0 and increased their aggregate lead to 5-1.

As if that was not enough, the Congolese giants accelerated their search for a goal and scored their fourth through Meshack with six minutes to go.

Issama also wrote his name on the score sheet in injury time as he made it 5-0 to seal a convincing win at home.

Mazembe have now reached the semifinals of the continental tournament as they clinched a 7-1 aggregate win. They will meet either Moroccan side FUS Rabat in the final four.

TP Mazembe (1) 5 (Kasusula 39′, A. Traore 49′, Malango 55′, Meshack 84′, Issama 90+3′)

Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid 0

TP Mazembe: Gbohouo, Kasusula, Issama, Chongo, Mondeko, Sinkala, Nii (Koffi 77′), Kalaba (Meshack 81′), Traore, Malango, Ushindi (Asante 71′)

Al-Hilal: Salim, Ishag (Girfa 48′), Bachir, Alkhidir, Amin, Hassan, Shighail, Ladzagla, Musa (Kiza 51′), Hassan, Maaz, Gismalla (Tahir 62′)

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FUS Rabat book CAF Confed Cup semi-final spot

Saad Ait Khorsa (R) from FUS Rabat for the ball with Karim Aouadhi (L) CS Sfaxien ABDELHAK SENNA

Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Sep 22, 2017. 22:56

FUS Rabat were beaten 1-0 by CS Sfaxien in the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup quarter-final second-leg match at the Stade Taïeb Mhiri in Tunisia on Friday.

But Moroccan outfit Rabat booked their place in the semi-finals after winning 5-4 on penalties following a 1-1 draw on aggregate with Tunisian side Sfaxien crashing out of the competition.

Sfaxien, who were trailing on aggregate after losing 1-0 in the first-leg game in Morocco last weekend, were awarded an early penalty.

The hosts took the lead through Karim Aouadhi’s effort from the spot-kick making it 1-0 to Sfaxien in the 23rd minute.

The score was 1-0 to Sfaxien at half-time and 1-1 on aggregate following a lively first-half in the city of Sfax.

Jose Mota, the Sfaxien head coach, brought in attack minded players in the second-half as hosts looked to double their lead.

However, Rabat were soild at the back and ultimately, the match ended 1-0 in favour of Sfaxien and a penalty shootout followed as the tie was locked at 1-1 on aggregate.

Rabat won 5-4 on penalties after converting all of their spot-kicks, while Aouadhi turned into a villain for the hosts as he missed the target.

Sfaxien (1) 1 (Aouadhi 23′)

Rabat (0)

Sfaxien: Gaaloul, Ben Salah, Mathlouthi, Aouadhi, Meriah, Sokari (Kamoun 74′), Amdouni, Mendy, Ben Ali, Hannachi (Marzouki 83′), Chaouat (Ndoye 63′).

Rabat: Majid, Sy, Khorsa, Aguerd, Semmoumy, Skouma, El Araoui (Saoud 94′), Boulhroud, Diakité, El Bassil, Yansane (Benlamachi 81′)

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AfricanFootball previews the weekend’s CAF Confed Cup matches

Mohamed Fouzaire (L) of FUS Rabat vies for the ball with JAliassoSanou (R) Rivers Unitedduring the 2017 CAF Confederations Cup game between FATH Union Sport and Rivers United in Rabat, Morocco on 7 July 2017 © BackpagePix

Helder Ribiero

Friday Sep 22, 2017. 11:00

AfricanFootball looks ahead to the weekend’s CAF Confederation Cup action, which will see four quarterfinal, second-leg matches played across the continent.

Sfax, Ndola, Lubumbashi and Rades will be the hosts cities as the final four teams for the continent’s second-tier club competition make themselves known.

The action gets underway in Tunisia on Friday evening, with three-time champions CS Sfaxien looking to overturn a 1-0 deficit against Moroccan visitors FUS Rabat. CSS have won all five of their home matches in this competition in 2017, scoring 15 goals without reply, and will be very confident of trumping their guests from Rabat.

Saturday’s lone game is the Southern African derby between Zesco United and SuperSport United. It’s all to play for in the second leg at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola after the teams drew 0-0 in Pretoria last weekend. The Zambians will have home advantage, but SuperSport will more than fancy their chances of nicking an away goal or two.

Sunday’s first game sees title holders TP Mazembe looking to wrap up progression into the final four over Sudanese side Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid. The DR Congo giants won 2-1 away from home last weekend and are heavy favourites to add to that advantage at their fortress in Lubumbashi.

The quarterfinals wrap up on Sunday evening when Club Africain and MC Alger meet in Rades for a second all North African clash. The Tunisian hosts are looking to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first leg in Algiers last weekend.

CAF Confederation Cup fixtures

Quarterfinal, second leg matches – All times CAT – aggregate score in parenthesis

Friday 22 September

CS Sfaxien v FUS Rabat (0-1) – 20h00

Saturday 23 September

Zesco United v SuperSport United (0-0) – 15h00

Sunday 24 September

TP Mazembe v Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid (2-1) – 15h30

Club Africain v MC Alger (0-1) – 20h00

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Eric Tinkler has studied Zesco United’s offensive play for Confed Cup – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Sep 14, 2017. 13:30

As SuperSport United are chasing a CAF Confederation Cup semi-final spot, coach Eric Tinkler says he is happy to be back in continental competitions.

The former Bafana Bafana midfielder previously led Orlando Pirates to the final of the same competition in 2015 as they lost to Tunisia’s Etoile Sportive du Sahel.

However, this time, the former Cape Town City manager will lead the Tshwane side against Zambia’s Zesco United in the quarter-final, first leg on Friday.

Yet to make a reasonable impact on the continental scene, Amatsantsantsa will want to emulate their cross-town rivals and current African champions, Mamelodi Sundowns and win the coveted trophy.

“I am happy to be back in CAF Competitions. I am one person who has always believed that South African clubs need to participate and do well in such competitions,” said to CAF website.

“We are at a stage of the competition where all teams are good and whatever weakness we have seen might be corrected come Friday.

“Yes, we have studied how they play but we also need to be on our A-game. We have identified a number of good players that are dangerous in offensive play.

“They are also very versatile in their formation which makes it slightly challenging to plan against them but we will be ready.”

The first-leg. quarter-final clash will be staged on Friday evening at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria and the return leg will be hosted seven days later at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.

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Zesco United coach wants improvement against SuperSport in Confed Cup – 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup

Zesco United coach Serbian Krmpotic

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Sep 14, 2017. 11:30

Zesco United coach Zlatko Krmpotic has urged his players to improve their performance when they meet South African side SuperSport United.

The Zambian Super League giants are on the road this week to honour their CAF Confederation Cup quarter-final assignment on Firday.

The Team Ya Ziko is fresh from a 3-2 loss against Zanaco FC in the league, but the coach wants a better showing.


“We must play better. After Zanaco’s first goal we played well for 20- 25 minutes. we need to prepare more for Supersport United. We have is it five days in which to recuperate,” said Krmpotic to the Zambian Football website.

”In regards to the league we still have a very good chance. Even in this match we had a good chance to win it.”

Zesco are fourth on the log with 46 points, just four points behind log leaders Zanaco who are on 50 points, but they have two games in hand while Zanaco have one.

The Confed Cup encounter will be staged at Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville and is set to kick-off at 19:00 (CAT).

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Recreativo Libolo squeeze into Confed Cup quarterfinals

Club Recreativo Do Libolo left back Estavo Manuel Cahoco

Brian Lee

Sunday Jul 09, 2017. 18:53

Angola’s Recreativo Libolo qualified for the knockout stages of the CAF Confederations Cup after playing to a goalless draw in their final Group C game against Egypt’s Smouha at the Estado de Calulu on Sunday.

On July 7, FIFA suspended the Sudan Football Association. As a result, Sudanese clubs could not continue to participate in international competitions and Hilal Al Ubayyid were disqualified from Group C.

However, since Hilal Al Ubayyid have played at least half of their group matches, their remaining matches were awarded 3–0 wins to their opponents.

That means Zambia’s Zesco United finished top of Group C with ten points, followed by Recreativo Libolo in second place with seven points after Sunday’s result in Luanda.

Smouha missed out on the knockout stages after finishing third in the group with six points.

The match itself on Sunday at the Estado de Calulu produced very little in terms of goalmouth action.

Both Recreativo Libolo and Smouha were poor in the final third, often gifting possession back to their opponents with bad decision making or sloppy passing.

Recreativo Libolo, however, seemed content to sit back in defence and protect the draw which saw them into the quarterfinals of the CAF Confed Cup.

Smouha, on the other hand, showed little threat in attack, but did push huge numbers forward in search of a goal in the final twenty minutes of the game.

Recreativo Libolo, though, managed to defend stoutly and hold out for the goalless draw.

The Angolan side will now face TP Mazembe in the quarterfinals of the completion while Zesco United will take on SuperSport United. The quarterfinals will take place over the weekend 8-10 September.

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SuperSport move into Confed Cup quarterfinals

Clayton Daniels of Supersport United clears ball from Ellesah Mensah JR of CF Mounana during the 2017 CAF Confederations Cup match between Supersport United and CF Mounana at the Lucas Moripe Stadium, Atteridgeville South Africa on 08 July 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Saturday Jul 08, 2017. 17:35

SuperSport United have advanced into the quarterfinals of the CAF Confederation Cup after defeating CF Mounana 4-1 at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday.

Combined with TP Mazembe’s victory over Horoya AC in a concurrent match in Lubumbashi, United’s victory was enough to finish second in Group D and secure a place in the last eight.

SuperSport were on the front foot from the first whistle and had to wait only 14 minutes before they claimed the lead, with Thuso Phala and Aubrey Modiba combining to set up Bradley Grobler, who scored with a well-taken diving header.

On 27 minutes Grobler turned from scorer to provider, sending a great pass through to Thabo Mnyamane, who fired a low shot past goalkeeper Patrick Koss to make it 2-0.

United made it 3-0 in the 34th minute when Reneilwe Letsholonyane showed great skill and composure in the box to tee up Jeremy Brockie for a tap-in, and the New Zealander added another goal from the penalty spot just before half time to make it 4-0.

The game looked to be dead and buried but Mounana at least pulled a goal back 11 minutes into the second half, with Ellesah Mensah turning Clayton Daniels beautifully before beating Ronwen Williams.

The Gabonese threatened a few times to further reduce the deficit, as United totally lost their attacking rhythm in the second half and were unable to reassert the dominance they enjoyed in the opening 45 minutes.

Group D finished with TP Mazembe as winners on 12 points, while SuperSport were second with 10. Horoya came home in third on nine points, while Mounana finished last with zero points after suffering six straight losses.

United will face Group C winners Zesco United in the quarterfinals, while Mazembe will come up against either Recreativo Libolo or Smouha SC.

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Platinum Stars dimmer in Confed Cup – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup

Khaled Gourmi of MC Alger challenged by Ndumiso Ndaba of Mbabane Swallows

Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Jul 01, 2017. 00:14

MC Alger brushed aside Platinum Stars 2-0 in a 2017 CAF Confederation Cup, Group B match at the Stade du 5 Juillet in Algiers in Algeria on Friday.

As a result, the Algerian club remain at the top of the Group A table and they also advance to the quarter-finals, while fourth-placed South African side Stars bow out of the competition.

Nicknamed the Dean, Alger got off to the best possible start as they broke the deadlock just 12 minutes into the game as Dikwena’s defence looked shaky.

Stars conceded a penalty after losing possession in the middle of the park. Abderrahmane Hachoud then stepped up and converted the penalty to make it 1-0 to Alger.

The Dean looked solid at the back in the opening exchanges. Stars captain Vuyo Mere’s free-kick was cleared away by the Alger defence.

Hichem Nekkache came close to doubling Alger’s lead when his chip over Stars goalkeeper Mwenya Chibwe narrowly missed the target on the half-hour mark.

The visitors should have restored parity just before the half-time break after the Dean had lost possession in their own half as Stars pressed them.

However, Bonginkosi Ntuli fired straight at Alger goalkeeper Faouzi Chaouchi, who came out to deny the Stars striker from a one-on-one situation.

As a result, the first-half ended 1-0 in favour of Alger thanks to Hachoud’s well-taken penalty.

Willem Jackson, the Stars caretaker coach, made a change two minutes into the second-half – introducing Katlego Khunou for Sipho Senne.

Dikwena won a few free-kicks outside the Alger box, but they were failing to make use of them with the towering Dean defenders clearing them away.

The Dean were happy to sit back and contain Dikwena in the closing stages of the match with the visitors struggling to penetrate the home side’s defence.

Stars nearly grabbed a late equalizer when Mere’s free-kick was headed onto the crossbar by Hachoud, who came close to scoring an own-goal in the 89th minute.

Nevertheless, Nekkache sealed Alger’s victory in stoppage time when he beat Chibwe with a powerful shot from range and the home side ran out 2-0 winners.

The loss does not bode well for Platinum Stars who will take on Free State Stars in the first semfinal of the Maize Cup on July 15.

Alger (1) 2 (Hachoud 12′, Nekkache 92′)

Stars (0) 0

Alger: Chaouchi, Hachoud, Demmou,

Bouhenna, Boudebouda, Karaoui, Kacem (El Ouazani 66′), Derrardja, Mansouri (Gourmi 93′), Aouedj (Bougueche 66′), Nekkache.

Platinum Stars: Chibwe, Mnguni, Mwedihanga, Mlilo, Mpeta, Baloyi, Mere, Ng’ambi (Shilongo 77′), Senne (Khunou 47′), Mabena, Ntuli.

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AfricanFootball previews the weekend’s CAF Confed Cup action

Ben Ngita of TP Mazembe challenged by Clayton Daniels of Supersport United during the Caf Confederation Cup match between Supersport United and TP Mazembe at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria on 20 June 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Friday Jun 30, 2017. 12:00

AfricanFootball previews Matchday 5 of the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup, with this weekend’s action set to to paint a clear picture of who is going to progress into the quarterfinals.

The action gets underway on Friday evening as Smouha SC and Zesco United battle to reignite their quarterfinal hopes with a Group C clash in Alexandria, while MC Alger will fancy their chances of securing progression with a win at home to Group B’s last-placed Platinum Stars.

Saturday also features just two matches, with Horoya AC of Guinea and SuperSport United – who come into the game having won South Africa’s Nedbank Cup last weekend – meeting in a top-of-the-table Group D match in Conakry, while the night match sees Sudan’s Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid host Recreativo Libolo in a potential Group C decider.

Sunday will see a busy afternoon and early evening in the competition, with the focus mainly falling on the Group A matches: KCCA v FUS Rabat in Kampala and Rivers United v Club African in Port Harcourt. All four teams are locked on six points and it would take a brave soul to bet on anything other than home wins, which is all this pool has produced so far.

Elsewhere, three-time Confed Cup champions CS Sfaxien face a potential banana skin in their Group B match at Mbabane Swallows, while defending champions TP Mazembe will need to ensure they are not the first team to concede a point to CF Mounana in Group D, when they face the Gabonese side in Libreville.

CAF Confederation Cup Matchday 5 fixtures
All times CAT

Friday 30 June

Group C – Smouha SC v Zesco United – 18h00

Group B – MC Alger v Platinum Stars – 22h00

Saturday 1 July

Group D – Horoya AC v SuperSport United – 17h00

Group C – Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid v Recreativo Libolo – 20h00

Sunday 2 July

Group A – KCCA v FUS Rabat – 15h00

Group B – Mbabane Swallows v CS Sfaxien – 15h00

Group A – Rivers United v Club Africain – 17h00

Group D – CF Mounana v TP Mazembe – 17h00

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2017 FIFA CONFED CUP: Germany 3-1 Cameroon – AS IT HAPPENED – 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup

Benjamin Moukandjo of Cameroon (C) and Aaron Mooy of Australia (L) in action during the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 group B soccer match between Cameroon and Australia at the Saint Petersburg stadium in St.Petersburg, Russia, 22 June 2017. EPA/SRDJAN SUKI

Staff Reporter

Sunday Jun 25, 2017. 18:49

Welcome to our LIVE COVERAGE of the Group B 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup clash between Germany and Cameroon from the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, Russia on Sunday 25 June.

Germany: Ter Stegen; Ginter, Ruediger, Suele – Kimmich, Can, Rudy (Henrichs 74′), Plattenhardt – Demirbay (Brandt 78′), Draxler (Younes 80′), Werner

Cameroon: Ondoa; Mabouka, Teikeu, Ngadeu-Ngadjui, Fai – Anguissa, Siani, Djoum (Ngamaleu 58′); Moukandjo (Guihoata 70′), Bassogog (Ekambi 82′), Aboubakar


90+5′ Full-Time: Germany 3-1 Cameroon – The FIFA World Cup holders advance as Group B winners as the Indomitable Lions crash out!

90′ Four minutes added.

89′ SAVE! Great stop by Ondoa to deny Germany a fourth. He has been a one man band in Russia for Cameroon at times over the past week.

81′ GOAL! Moment of hope lasts all of three minutes as Werner completes his brace with a superb finish!

78′ GOAL! Well that’s surprising. Ter Stegen caught with his pants down as Aboubakar ghosts in to nod into the back of the net from close range. Could well go down as an own goal. Very poor goalkeeping.

74′ Germany content in keeping the ball as they look to see out the game in relative ease. Disappointing showing by Cameroon in Russia.

66′ GOAL! Werner doubles Germany’s lead with a diving header and that’s GAME.SET.MATCH

65′ RED CARD! Ernest Mabouka sent off following a tough challenge on Emre Can. Mass confusion with the referee advised by the VAR officials to look at the reply – having done that he sends off the wrong player before recalling Siani and showing him red. Bit of a joke.

61′ The Indomitable Lions turning the screw as they look to fight their way back into this one. The Africans, though, have been poor in the final third.

58′ Broos listens are introduces Ngamaleu as we approach the hour mark.

55′ Cameroon all over the show since the start of the second stanza. Will Hugo Broos finally introduce an early change??

54′ DOUBLE SAVE! Superb double save by Ondoa, first to stop Werner and then Kimmich from close range.

48′ GOAL! Kerem Demirbay with a stunner! Draxler’s nifty pass finds the Hoffenheim midfielder who sets himself before powering an unstoppable shot past Ondoa.

46′ Second half is underway in Sochi.

45+1′ Half-Time: Germany 0-0 Cameroon 

45′ SAVE! Ter Stegen with an acrobatic save to deny  Anguissa from opening the scoring on the cusp of half-time.

39′ Two set-pieces in quick succession for Cameroon, but first Ruediger and then Kimmich well positioned to clear for the Europeans.

34′ Lung-busting run by Bassogog down the right flank, but the Germans just about do enough to stop him in his tracks before Ter Stegen bursts off his line to gather the ball.

30′ Free-kick for Germany comes to naught as we reach the half-hour mark in Sochi. Cameroon need to up their game if they are to get anything out of this clash.

24′ CHANCE! Plattenhardt with a pin-point cross into the area, but Kimmich can only succeed in guiding his header wide from close range.

21′ SHOT! Emre Can finds a pocket of space on the edge of the area before curling his resulting shot inches wide of goal.

20′ Germany seeing a lot more of the ball now with the World Cup holders patient in their approach. No clear cut chances yet, but positive for the Indomitable Lions.

14′ Clever build up by Germany, but Werner is flagged for offside. Die Mannschaft  finding their feet.

9′ Positive start by the Indomitable Lions who are finding space out wide – Aboubakar heavily involved.

5′ Four chances to the Germany starting XI. Hugo Broos, for the third game in succession, has named the same starting XI with Georges Mandjeck injured in the warm-up, Arnaud Djoum starts.

1′ Kick-off! 

– Teams out on the pitch, kick-off imminent!

– Good evening to what is a must win game for African champions Cameroon if they harbour any hopes of reaching the knockout stages. Australia in a similar predicament as they take on Chile at the same time.

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Stuart Baxter rues TP Mazembe draw in Confed Cup – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Jun 23, 2017. 09:00

In the wake of their 0-0 draw against TP Mazembe on Tuesday, SuperSport United coach Stuart Baxter has expressed disappointment in failing to win.

The English manager led the Tshwane giants in their CAF Confederation Cup tie at Lucas Moripe Stadium, but believes they should have wrapped up the match with a win.

In his last match in charge of the club, Baxter will now prepare to face Orlando Pirates in their Nedbank Cup final in South Africa on Saturday.

This follows his appointment as Bafana Bafana coach to replace axed Shakes Mashaba in May.

“We played against one of the premier clubs on the continent. I was disappointed at the finish that we did not beat them. We were well on top,” said Baxter.

“When we started off [in the Confederation Cup], we were going to places like Liberia and Sudan. We were getting decent results [away from home] and then we were winning at home.

“Now we went there [Lubumbashi] to get a 2-2 draw and we get a draw at home.

“The lads were feeling that we should have knocked them over. It’s a good indicator for the club in general.”

In their next Confed Cup match, United will visit Horoya AC in Guinea, Conakry on July 1 before wrapping up their group stage assignments against CF Mounana in Atteridgeville seven days later.

United sit at number two in Group D with six points behind Horoya who lead with eight points from four rounds of matches.

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2017 FIFA CONFED CUP: Cameroon 1-1 Australia – AS IT HAPPENED – 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup

Vincent Aboubakar (L) of Cameroon and Eduardo Vargas of Chile in action during the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 group B soccer match between Cameroon and Chile at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia, 18 June 2017. EPA/SERGEI ILNITSKY

Staff Reporter

Thursday Jun 22, 2017. 18:51

Welcome to our live coverage of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup Group B clash between Cameroon and Australia from the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on Thursday, 22 June 2017.

Cameroon: Ondoa; Mabouka, Teikeu, Ngadeu-Ngadjui, Fai; Anguissa, Siani, Djoum; Moukandjo (Toko 77′), Aboubakar, Bassogog

Australia: Ryan; Wright, Sainsbury, Degenek – Milligan, Mooy – Gersbach, Rogic (Irvine 80′), Kruse (Troisi 65′), Leckie – Juric (Cahill 70′)


90+4′ Full-Time: Cameroon 1-1 Australia – Both still in it, but will have to beat Chile and Germany respectively in their final group game to have a chance of reaching the knockout stages!

90+1′ Late pressure by Australia as we head into three minutes of added time. Will there be another late goal in Russia?

85′ Aboubakar again on the end of a pin-point cross into the area, but he sends his volley wide of goal!

83′ Into the final exchanges we go and both teams not willing to give an inch! Hugo Broos again reluctant to make changes while the Socceroos have already exercised their quota. Former Everton man Tim Cahill on for his 99th appearance.

72′ This game can go either way as it stands! Cameroon will really be kicking themselves having failed to double their lead minutes before the Socceroos pulled level.

65′ Another chance for Aboubakar, but again the burly forward fails to hit the target!

60′ GOAL! Milligan converts from the spot following a foul on Gersbach inside the area. Video Assistant confirmed that is was a certain spot-kick and the Socceroos are level.

57′ GLARING MISS! With the goal at his mercy, Aboubakar fails to hit the target! That should have been 2-0.

55′ Desperate defending by the African champions following a flowing move by Australia. The Socceroos playing all the football in the early exchanges of the second stanza.

47′ Early chance for Juric who is picked out by Leckie, but the towering forward can only succeed in seeing his resulting shot well over from close range.

46′ Second half has kicked-off in Saint Petersburg.

45+1′ Half-Time: Cameroon 1-0 Australia 

45+1′ GOAL! Anguissa strikes on the stroke of half-time. The midfielder with a clever finish following a long ball from the back – chipping the ball over the onrushing Ryan with virtually the final kick of the half.

45′ Cameroon with all the possession and territory in the closing stages – the Aussies happy to sit back and hit on the counter as we enter one minute of added time…

40′ Four successive corner-kicks for Cameroon come to nothing – good defending by Australia who are eager not to lose sight of the burly Indomitable Lions.

33′ Moment of panic in the Cameroon penalty area, but Ondoa recovers and ultimately grabs hold of the ball.

30′ Half-hour played and we are yet to see a goal in Saint Petersburg. The Indomitable Lions been the more dominant team thus far.

25′ Corner-kick for Cameroon in what has been a tightly contested tussle thus far. Moukandjo whips it in… cleared by Leckie! Reloaded by Djoum but his cross is also cleared from danger.

20′ Gersbach fizzes the ball into a dangerous area from the left flank, but Ondoa is aware of the danger and makes a diving interception.

14′ Another free-kick for the Indomitable Lions –  Aboubakar has pulled rank and he will take it but his attempt is straight into the wall. Siani’s resulting shot from the rebound flies well over.

7′ CHANCE! Free-kick for Cameroon in a good position… Moukandjo whips it in but Australia clear! Only for a second as the ball falls to Aboubaker – he rattles his resulting shot into the side-netting.

3′ Kruse bursts into the area before seeing his left-footed shot straight at Ondoa who makes an easy save.

1′ Kick-off in Saint Petersburg!

– Cameroon unchanged from their defeat to Chile, Australia make two changes for what is a must win game for both teams.

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Cameroon suffer Confed Cup defeat to Chile in Moscow – 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup

epa06035881 Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui (L) of Cameroon and Edson Puch of Chile in action during the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 group B soccer match between Cameroon and Chile at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia, 18 June 2017. EPA/YURI KOCHETKOV

Bertin Basson

Sunday Jun 18, 2017. 23:49

Late goals from Arturo Vidal and Eduardo Vargas guided Chile to a 2-0 win over Cameroon in their Group B 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup opener at the Otkrytiye Arena in the Russian capital of Moscow on Sunday evening.

The South American champions stated their intent from the onset as Vargas rattled the post in the opening minute. Fabrice Ondoa lucky to see the ball canon off the woodwork, onto his boot and out for a corner-kick.

Desperate defending, garnished with a bit of luck, safely navigated the Indomitable Lions through the early exchanges before Vincent Aboubakar went close in the 11th minute.

The burly forward denied by Johnny Herrera who stood in for the injured Claudio Bravo between the sticks.

Ondoa was unbelievable for the AFCON holders as he denied Jean Beausejour and José Pedro Fuenzalida in quick succession.

Vargas, though, would have the beating of the Cameroon goal-minder on the cusp of half-time, but the goal would be chalked off following word from the video assistant.

0-0 at the break.

The second stanza was a lot more cagey, but Cameroon continued to find it difficult against a La Roja side on constant attack.

Mauricio Isla sending his header attempt wide with the goal at his mercy, but Chile would not be denied as Vidal rattled home his 23rd international goal in the 81st minute of the game.

The German-based midfielder heading past Ondoa following a pin-point cross from Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, who started the game on the bench following an ankle knock.

Sanchez was involved once more as Vargas made sure of all three points in the first minute of stoppage-time – leaving Cameroon with a mountain to climb in their remaining group matches against Australia and Germany.

Cameroon: Ondoa; Mabouka, Teikeu, Ngadeu-Ngadjui, Fai; Anguissa (Mandjeck 89′), Siani (Ngamaleu 86′), Djoum; Moukandjo, Aboubakar, Bassogog

Chile: Herrera; Isla, Jara, Medel, Beausejour; Fuenzalida (Valencia 64′), Vidal, Diaz, Aránguiz (Silva 71′); Vargas, Puch (Sanchez 58′)

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2017 FIFA CONFED CUP: Cameroon 0-2 Chile – AS IT HAPPENED – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup

Vincent Aboubakar of Cameroon celebrates goal during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Afcon Final match between Egypt and Cameroon at the Libreville in Gabon on 5 February 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Staff Reporter

Sunday Jun 18, 2017. 21:52

Good evening and welcome to our live coverage of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, Group B clash, between Cameroon and Chile from the
Otkrytiye Arena in the Russian capital of Moscow, on Sunday 18 June.

Cameroon: Ondoa; Mabouka, Teikeu, Ngadeu-Ngadjui, Fai; Anguissa (Mandjeck 89′), Siani (Ngamaleu 86′), Djoum; Moukandjo, Aboubakar, Bassogog

Chile: Herrera; Isla, Jara, Medel, Beausejour; Fuenzalida (Valencia 64′), Vidal, Diaz, Aránguiz (Silva 71′); Vargas, Puch (Sanchez 58′)


90+4′ Full-Time: Cameroon 0-2 Chile (Vidal 81′ Vargas 90+1′) 

90+1′ GOAL! Vargas has the ball in the back of the net once more, but he is denied again!! No, the video assistant rules in his favour this time and its a goal, 2-0. Great work by Sanchez in the build up.

81′ GOAL! Chile have their breakthrough and it is well deserved. Vidal heads home Sanchez pin-point cross from the left flank. 

72′ MISS! Glaring miss by Mauricio Isla as he sends his header attempt wide with an open goal at his mercy! Chile finding their rhythm once more.

67′ Free-kick in a great position comes to nothing for Cameroon as Moukandjo guides his attempt wide of goal.

60′ More than an hour played in Moscow and nothing to write about so far in the second – despite the fact maybe that Arsenal‘s Alexis has made his way onto the pitch.

58′ Alexis Sanchez makes his way onto the pitch – Puch makes way.

50′ Cagey start to the second half, with both teams in search of the games opener following he controversial end to the opening stanza.

46′ Second half has kicked off in Moscow…

45+1′ Half-Time: Cameroon 0-0 Chile, controversial end to the half – still goalless!

45+1′ GOAL! NO! Vargas finds the back of the net for Chile! Finally for the South American’s who dominated for most of the half. Vidal with beautifully weighted pass – Vargas makes no mistake.  BUT WAIT! The third official says Vargas was offside and the goal is chalked off!

40′ Into the final five minutes of the half we go. Following what was a frantic start to the match, things have gone a tad quiet but still both teams showing a lot of attacking intent.

30′  Ondoa the busier of the two goalkeepers, but he is holding his ground! Continuing where he left off in Gabon a few months ago.

25′ SAVE! Ondoa down well once more, this time to deny Beausejour who’s stinging shot was heading for the back of the net.

20′ Still no goal in Moscow, quite unbelievable actually, with both teams creating a catalogue of chances.

17′ Ngadeu has the ball in the back of the net, but the official had blown his whistle for a prior foul on Vidal.

11′ CHANCE! Herrera forced into a good save following a quick counter-attack by Cameroon. Jara sends the rebound out for a corner-kick which subsequently comes to nothing.

7′ Chile all over Cameroon in the early exchanges with the West Africans lucky not to be a goal down. Good cover defending bailing them out on a good few occasions already.

1′ POST! Vargas rattles the woodwork in the opening minute of the match…Ondoa relieved to see the ball canon off the post, onto his boot and out for a corner-kick.

– Kick-off in Moscow!

– Damir Skomina of Slovenia takes charge of the clash.

– The two teams have only met on one previous occasion, in France 19 years ago at the 1998 World Cup. That particular encounter ended in a 1-1 stalemate with the African’s ending the clash with 9 men!

– The two teams making their way onto the pitch, national anthems to follow as the African champions take on the South American champions!

– No Claudio Bravo or Alexis Sanchez for Chile this evening, both ruled out due to injury.

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